Woman charged with illegal import of quail meat from Malaysia

A woman was charged in court on Wednesday with the illegal import of quail meat from Malaysia, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore said in a statement on Wednesday.

AVA had received feedback from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority on the detection of an illegal import of quail meat from Malaysia on June 19 earlier this year.

Acting on the information received, AVA seized 168 packets of frozen quail, weighing 218.40kg, which were concealed in black plastic bags and stored in the rear space of the car as well as under the floorboard mats of both the front and back passenger seats.

Investigations showed the woman had imported the quail meat for sale at her poultry stall in Geylang Serai market. She was previously fined $300 for selling illegally imported frozen quail meat in June last year.

AVA said in its statement that meat and meat products can only be imported from accredited establishments or farms in approved countries that comply with its bio-security requirements. Only live quails and quail meat products from bird flu-free zones are allowed and Malaysia is not an approved source for the import of live quails and quail meat, the statement added.